EASA Roules for Specific Category 

 

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Compliance Chart


Responsibilities of the operator
UAS.SPEC.10

(a) The operator of UA shall have the ultimate responsibility for their operation.

(b) When applicable, the operator of UA shall designate a remote pilot for each operation.

(c) The operator shall:

  1. comply with the regulations applicable in all Member States affected by the operation, in particular those related to safety, privacy, data protection, liability, insurance, security and environmental protection;
  2. ensure that prior to conducting operations, remote pilots and all other personnel are competent for the performance of their task and are familiar with the operator’s policies and procedures;
  3. comply with the ‘standard scenario’ requirements when applicable;
  4. unless the local conditions of the place where the operation takes place impose additional limitations, carry out an operation within the limitations and conditions specified in the operational authorisation or operational declaration, as applicable; and
  5. prepare and maintain a list of personnel with assigned duties if applicable.

Registration of UA operators
UAS.SPEC.20

Except when already registered in the ‘open’ category, the operator of a UA shall:

(a) register in the Member State where the operator has its permanent residence, or a principal place of business, using the form in Appendix I.1;

(b) in the case of a legal person, include in the registration form in Appendix I.1 a description of the structure of the organisation, including a statement that the UA will be operated only by remote pilots with a level of competency appropriate for conducting operations with that UA and appropriate to the category of UA operation; and

(c) display the registration identification on the UA.


Requirements applicable to all UA operations in the ‘specific’ category
UAS.SPEC.30

The remote pilot shall:

(a) be in a physical and mental condition that would not put at risk the safe operation of the UA, other aircraft, people, or property and not operate when adversely affected by drugs or alcohol; and

(b) where the remote pilot is also the operator, comply with UAS.SPEC.10 and UAS.SPEC.20.

Before the initiation of a UA operation, the remote pilot shall:

(a) obtain updated information about any flight restrictions or conditions published by the competent authority that may be relevant to the intended operation;

(b) familiarise themselves with the operating environment, including the locations of people, properties and any other hazards;

(c) check that the UAS is in a safe condition to accomplish the intended flight, and where applicable, has been updated with geofencing data and recovery procedures;

(d) be familiar with the operations manual for the specific type of the operation; and

(e) ensure that the operating conditions, including environmental conditions, are compatible with the authorised conditions and limitations.

During flight, the remote pilot shall:

(a) avoid reckless manoeuvres with the UA;

(b) comply with the limitations defined by the competent authority for the area or airspace;

(c) ensure the safe operation of the UA, including a safe separation of the UA from people, property, ground vehicles, public roads and from other airspace users;

(d) discontinue a flight when continuing the flight would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or properties;

(e) operate the UA within the performance limitations defined in the user manual (or equivalent) provided by the manufacturer;

(f) respect the limitations defined by the competent authority for the restricted or prohibited areas or airspace, where the operation takes place;

(g) not use the UA to transport passengers;

(h) not fly close to areas where an emergency response effort is ongoing; and

(i) respect other people’s fundamental rights and operate the UA in a considerate way to minimise nuisance to other people from noise emissions.


Operational declaration
UAS.SPEC.40

(a) Except when holding an LUC per Subpart C of this Annex, with the appropriate privileges, and where the relevant ‘standard scenario’ published by EASA so requires, the operator shall submit an operational declaration to the competent authority in accordance with the form in Appendix I.7.

(b) The operational declaration shall include all information relevant for the intended operations, a statement of compliance with the limitations and conditions applicable to the relevant ‘standard scenario’, and a signed acknowledgement of responsibility under this Regulation.

(c) Upon receipt of the declaration submitted by a UA operator, the competent authority shall verify that the declaration contains all the information and documents referred to in (b).

(d) Upon submission of the operational declaration, the operator shall be entitled to start the operation as long as it corresponds to a ‘standard scenario’ published by EASA.

(e) The operator shall notify the competent authority, without delay, of any changes to the statements and information submitted in the operational declaration.


Application for an operational authorisation
UAS.SPEC.50

(a) Except when holding an LUC per Subpart C of this Annex, with the appropriate privileges, the operator shall submit an application for operational authorisation to the competent authority in accordance with the form in Appendix I.9 prior to starting an operation that:

  1. corresponds to a ‘standard scenario’ published by EASA and requesting an operational authorisation; or
  2. does not correspond to a ‘standard scenario’.

(b) The application shall include all the information relevant to the operation and a statement of compliance with the limitations and conditions applicable to the relevant ‘standard scenario’, if applicable, and a signed acknowledgement of responsibility under this Regulation.

(c) The operator shall only start the proposed operation after having received the operational authorisation issued by the competent authority in accordance with the form in Appendix I.8.

(d) Any change to the operation not covered by the authorisation or by a ‘standard scenario’ published by EASA shall require the submission of a new application for an operational authorisation under this Regulation.


Operational risk assessment
UAS.SPEC.60

(a) EASA shall approve and publish ‘standard scenarios’ and their associated ranges of mitigating measures for the types of operations for which a risk assessment has been conducted and for which mitigating measures have been identified.

(b) If the operation does not correspond to any of the ‘standard scenarios’ published by EASA, the operator shall conduct a risk assessment of the proposed operation and identify mitigation measures to be put in place in order to limit the risk to an acceptable level. The operator shall consider the following key factors:

  1. the operational area and conditions;
  2. the category of airspace and the effects on other air traffic and air traffic management (ATM);
  3. the design features and performance of the UAS;
  4. the type of operation;
  5. the level of competence of the remote pilot;
  6. organisational factors; and
  7. effects on the environment.

(c) Except when holding an LUC per Subpart C of this Annex, the operator shall provide the competent authority with the risk assessment.


Operations manual
UAS.SPEC.70

If the operation does not correspond to any of the ‘standard scenarios’ published by EASA or if required by the relevant ‘standard scenario’, the operator shall compile an operations manual adapted to the type of operation.


Issuing of an operational authorisation
UAS.SPEC.80

(a) Upon receipt of an application for the issuing of an operational authorisation from a UA operator, the competent authority shall verify that the application contains all the information and documentation required.

(b) The competent authority shall issue an authorisation using the form in Appendix I.8 to an operator to conduct an operation under a ‘specific’ category when:

  1. it concludes that the operation corresponds to a ‘standard scenario’ published by EASA for which an authorisation is required, and: 
    - I - it is satisfied that the means of mitigation required by the ‘standard scenario’ have been adequately put in place by the operator; and
    - II - it has found the operations manual referred to in UAS.SPEC.70 to be acceptable;
  2. the type of operation does not correspond to a ‘standard scenario’ and:
    - I - it is satisfied with the risk assessment provided by the operator; 
    - II - it is satisfied that the means of mitigation necessary to limit the risk to an acceptable level have been adequately established by the operator; and
    - III - it has found the operations manual required by UAS.SPEC.70 to be acceptable.  

(c) The authorisation may be issued for a limited or an unlimited duration. The conditions under which an operator is authorised to conduct the intended operation shall be specified in the authorisation.

(d) If there are changes to the operational conditions for which an operator has received an operational authorisation, the competent authority may decide whether the authorisation shall be suspended, revoked or amended.


UAS logbook
UAS. SPEC.90

Where required in the operational authorisation, the operator shall ensure that, as a minimum, records of completion of preflight or postflight checks, time in service, and of defects and repairs with regard to the UAS are retained in the form of a logbook, or equivalent.


Use of
certified equipment and
certified UA
UAS.SPEC.100

(a) If the operation relies on certified UA or certified equipment, the operator shall record the operation or service time according to the instructions and procedures applicable to the certified equipment or the organisational approval or authorisation.

(b) The operator shall follow the instructions for continued airworthiness for the equipment or the UA and comply with mandatory directives published by EASA.


Occurrence reporting
UAS.SPEC.120

The operator shall report to the competent authority any operation of the UA that involves an injury to any person or damage to any property, vehicle, or another aircraft in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 376/2014.